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The City of Spokane issued about 20 parking tickets to the owners of vehicles who didn't obey the city's snow emergency rules late last week.
The city declared a stage 2 snow emergency Thursday, which set into motion a plowing of residential streets and an order for vehicles to be parked only on the side of the street with odd-numbered addresses. The city earlier in the storm banned parking along most arterials.
Street Director Mark Serbousek said the city issued tickets along some narrow residential streets where parking along both sides made it extremely difficult for plows to clear snow. But, he added, the rule was violated throughout the city.
“Compliance was terrible out there,” he said.
Tickets were issued by city's parking enforcement officers who normally enforce meters.
The city's snow emergency plans were drafted in 2009. This is the first winter in which officials have issued tickets to violators. Next year, the city has said it may begin towing cars in neighborhoods outside of Browne's Addition, where the city has long towed cars that haven't been moved to make way for plows.
Speaking of Browne's Addition, cars parked along north-south streets in that neighborhood on Tuesday will be towed as city crews complete their full-city plow. Cars parked along east-west streets will be towed on Wednesday.
A plan to raise parking ticket fines at parking meters from $15 to $25 or $20 if paid within six days won't be decided until a new City Council is sworn into office.
Spokane City Council President Joe Shogan has pushed to raise the fee, arguing that Spokane's fines are low compared to many other cities of similar size. But the council has resisted and has said raising the fine is premature. Tonight, during the last meeting of the year, the council voted to push the decision on a fine increase to next summer.
The council voted for a delay after Councilman Jon Snyder said city employees believe that the costs associated with maintaining the city's parking system is more than revenue brought in from fines. However, he said, the city is making changes next year to save money. He argued that the council shouldn't vote on the plan until it's clear if current fines will cover costs.